head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Definition of headgear

1 : a covering or protective device for the head
2 : a harness for a horse's head

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Synonyms for headgear


cap, chapeau, hat, headdress, headpiece, lid [slang]

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Examples of headgear in a Sentence

The law requires cyclists to wear protective headgear. Her preferred form of headgear is a big, floppy hat.

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The man known for his flamboyant headgear and his public boasts about sleeping with other men’s wives was an unlikely candidate for political office. Sharon Marcus, Time, "Even the Internet Hasn’t Really Changed How Being Famous Works. Here’s Why," 25 June 2019 But this week, the multi-stomached, headgear-bearing mammals are finally getting their due. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes," 20 June 2019 The players wore helmets but no face masks, and many linemen used their new headgear as a weapon to head-butt opponents. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears ever: No. 87, Lee Artoe," 11 June 2019 As further evidence of a single origin for bony headgear, Chinese water deer and two species of musk deer, both of which lack antlers, have a mutation in one of the genes linked to bone formation. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Cancer genes help deer antlers grow," 20 June 2019 Priests wearing hard hats led the service in the Chapel of the Virgin, along with a small number of worshipers, construction workers, and members of the media, also in protective headgear. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Priests in hard hats celebrate the first mass at Notre Dame since the devastating fire," 15 June 2019 To protect Bagel’s corneas from scratches, a friend of Karen’s rigged up some special kitty sunglasses: An elastic band slips around the head and tucks under the chin, like wrestling headgear. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Meet Sunglass Cat, an Instagram star with an eye-opening message of acceptance," 11 June 2019 Rivers and creeks in Eagle County are reaching peak flows, the sheriff’s office said, and rafters should take precautions, including wearing life jackets and protective headgear. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Rafter dies after boat turns over on Eagle River near Vail," 6 June 2019 Moving on to Florida’s motorcycle helmet law (Florida Statute 316.211): That law says anyone driving or riding on a motorcycle has to wear protective headgear that meets certain federal safety standards. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "Why do drivers need to have seat belts on, but motorcycle riders don’t have to wear helmets? | You asked, we answer," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of headgear

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headgear was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of headgear

: things (such as hats and helmets) that are worn on your head


head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Kids Definition of headgear

: something worn on the head She wears protective headgear when skiing.

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